SAN FRANCISCO — Quarterback Matt Schaub knows the Houston Texans have hit rock bottom. So does Gary Kubiak — and the coach went ahead and said it.
Schaub still has his starting job, for now anyway, after a three-interception night and his fourth straight game with a pick six as the Texans took a 34-3 beating from the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday for a third straight defeat.
“We need to get better and get better fast,” Schaub said. “And that’s myself included, most importantly. We’ve worked too hard, and I’ve worked too hard since I’ve walked in this building, for it to come to this right now.”
Houston has lost three in a row for the first time since the end of the 2011 season, and even the NFL’s top-ranked defense struggled to make the game-breaking plays against San Francisco.
Schaub’s teammates are remaining supportive when so many others around the city have turned — calling for Houston to cut the quarterback and go with backup T.J. Yates and even burning Schaub’s jersey.
“Matt is a big-time veteran on this team,” center Chris Myers said. “He knows what he has to do to be able to win games. We are all behind him, we are all working through this little hole that we are in. He’s going to be all right.”
Pryor, Woodson lead Raiders past Chargers
OAKLAND, Calif. — Terrelle Pryor’s day began with talk that the Oakland Raiders were interested in acquiring another quarterback in Josh Freeman.
It ended with perhaps his best game yet as an NFL quarterback.
Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and then set up a late field goal by turning a potential sack into a third-and-long conversion that gave the Raiders a 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.
“That’s what the kid brings to us,” coach Dennis Allen said. “Terrelle brings that ability when things aren’t right, when things break down, he brings that ability to make plays.”
Despite that ability that has Oakland fans as excited as they have been for years about their quarterback, Pryor apparently still has some doubters to win over. The Raiders (2-3) were reportedly one of the teams interested in signing Freeman before the former Tampa Bay quarterback reached a deal with Minnesota instead late Sunday night.
“I heard some of it and at the end of the day I can’t really control what I can’t control,” Pryor said. “Whatever happens, happens. No one’s going to work harder than me, so I try not to focus on things I can’t control.”
Charles Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown and then sealed the win with a late interception as the two most popular Raiders turned this rare late-night start into a celebration.
Philip Rivers had his third 400-yard passing game of the season, throwing for 411 yards and two touchdowns. But he also had three interceptions as the Chargers (2-3) turned the ball over five times in the loss.